The counting of calories, carbon and economic growth makes things visible that would otherwise remain hidden from global communication. But every reduction of complexity through more visibility implies invisibility of all other realities and of their linkages. Statistics increase visibility and thus produce new knowledge, thereby empowering people to act upon that knowledge. At the same time they disempower people by rendering unwanted facts and realities invisible, robbing them of their reasoning for alternative solutions and answers.
Auszug aus: Camila Moreno, Daniel Speich Chassé and Lili Fuhr: Carbon Metrics Global abstractions and ecological epistemicide. Heinrich Böll-Stiftung. Veröffentlichung vom 13.11.2015 (free download).